h1

Alonso Wins Ferrari’s Home Grand Prix

September 12, 2010

Fernando Alonso won the Italian Grand Prix this afternoon, while Jenson Button kept him honest, and Lewis Hamilton saw the end to his race within six corners.

Alonso was forced to go defensive off the start after losing the lead to Button, who got a clean, strong getaway, and after trying to run Button wide into the first corner, he had to settle into second, ahead of his teammate Felipe Massa, who fancied his chances off the start as well. Hamilton got a good getaway, to pass Mark Webber for fourth, while the Australian slipped back, but while trying to dive up the inside of Massa into turn four, Hamilton made contact with the Ferrari, snapping his steering arm, before running off the road at turn six, the first Lesmo, due to the damage.

Button lead Alonso and Massa through the first lap, while Nico Rosberg made up three positions off the start to sit fourth, with Robert Kubica up to fifth, Nico Hulkenberg up to sixth, Sebastian Vettel down one to seventh, Michael Schumacher up four to eighth, Mark Webber down five to ninth, and Sebastien Buemi up in tenth.

The Red Bulls got a poor start compared to the Ferraris and the McLarens, but after Hamilton’s early elimination from the race, it didn’t seem too bad for Webber, who was guaranteed to regain the lead of the championship as long as he finished eighth or higher.

By lap six, he passed Schumacher for that eighth position, and while Schumacher tried to squeeze back past him, Webber was able to keep hold of the position.

Button maintained the lead, with Alonso maintaining the pressure for the majority of the race, as Button seemed to be struggling with pace after having lost a piece of his rear wing end-plate following first corner contact with Alonso. As Button and the Ferrari’s led the rest of the pack, Vettel started suffering with engine problems on lap 21, losing seventh to Webber, and falling back into the clutches of Schumacher. Luckily for Vettel, it seemed to be just electrical problems with his engine, and the problem ended up solving itself, and he was able to make up time in the remainder of the race.

The pitstops came later in the race, and on lap 34, Kubica became the first of the front-runners to pit. Rosberg and Webber were next on lap 36, with Webber dropping behind Kubica as he rejoined the track. On lap 37, Button pitted from the lead, followed shortly by Hulkenberg, who rejoined the track ahead of Kubica. Webber was then making moves on the squabbling pair, managing to make a move round the outside of Kubica stick into turn four on the same lap.

Alonso was next to pit from the lead, which he had been gifted by Button, who after his stop was in third. Alonso’s stop was smooth and having made a few tenths on his inlap, he was able to stay ahead of Button as he rejoined the circuit. Massa was next to pit on lap 39, and he rejoined in third.

As the race headed into its final ten laps, Vettel was the only driver of the front-runners who was yet to pit. Alonso led, from Button and Massa, who was just ahead of the recovering Vettel. Rosberg was fifth, ahead of Hulkenberg, Webber and Kubica. As speculation grew over when Vettel would pit, and where indeed he would rejoin the track, Webber was able to pass Hulkenberg, who he had been squabbling with for the majority of the race.

Vettel finally pitted at the start of the final lap, and was able to maintain fourth after pulling out a comfortable lead over Rosberg, while Alonso was busy heading for the chequered flag, with Button between him and his Ferrari teammate.

Alonso’s win pulls him closer to the title, while Mark Webber took advantage of a handful of points and Hamilton’s retirement to regain the lead of the championship on 187 points, with Hamilton on 182 and Alonso third on 166. Button’s second place means he holds onto fourth in the standings on 165 points, while Vettel slips to fifth on 163, with just 24 points and a win separating the top five drivers as the season heads into the final five, long-haul races of the season.

Red Bull maintain their lead in the championship on 350 points, while McLaren slip back by a further two points on 347. Ferrari’s first and third places see them on 290 constructors’ world championship points.

The next race will be in Singapore in two weeks, with qualifying on Saturday 25th September, and the race live on BBC1 at 1pm on Sunday 26th.

Advertisements

One comment

  1. […] Alonso was forced to go defensive off the start after losing the lead to Button, who got a clean, strong getaway, and after trying to run Button wide into the first corner, he had to settle into second, ahead of his teammate Felipe Massa, who fancied his chances off the start as well. Hamilton got a good getaway, to pass Mark Webber for fourth, while the Australian slipped back, but while trying to dive up the inside of Massa into turn four, Hamilton made contact with the Ferrari, snapping his steering arm, before running off the road at turn six, the first Lesmo, due to the damage… More […]



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: